Finally! Church of England appoints first female bishop

While the rest of us who believe that we live an extremely tolerant world, struggle for things like equal wage and flexibility at work; the Church of England, appointed its first female bishop a month after the historic legislation was passed. This is a landmark moment for women across the world and gives hope to the rest of us, because if a centuries-old institution can change, then everything can.


Reverend Libby Lane became the first woman bishop of the Church of England, this week. Reverend Lane whose nomination was approved by the queen of England, will be succeeding Reverend Robert Atwell, who is now the Bishop of Exeter. She previously served as the Dean of Women in Ministry for the diocese was ordained as a priest in 1994. Reverend Libby’s husband, George is also a priest and they were ordained together.


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“This is unexpected and very exciting,” said Rev. Lane, according to a report by The Week,  “On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first woman nominated to be bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God.”


In another interview with New Statesman, she said that she was thankful to all the men and women who prayed for a moment like this to arrive. She also said, “Although I’m the first, I’m sure it won’t be long that I am the only… Obviously these things are done with enormous discretion and the church works hard to ensure that it matches the particular needs of any vacancy with the gifts and experience of individuals, but now that the opportunities are open to women and men it won’t be long before there are more women.”